Good Food on Every Table!

FamilyFarmed.org is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities.

Find a Chicago Area CSA

Click here for a copy of the 2015 CSA guide

This Guide contains grower/producer-only CSAs that serve the greater Chicago area. On the back page there is a listing of meat CSAs and other stand-alone options.Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to support local farmers.  CSA is a food subscription service that allows you to purchase locally and seasonally as part of a farm share.  If you missed a summer share, fall shares are also available from many of the farmers listed.We collaborate each season with The Local Beet which produces a searchable CSA Guide online. The Local Beet’s guide contains both grower/producer CSA farms and companies that deliver year-round by supplementing from non-local sources. This guide may help you hone in and narrow down your choices once you’ve identified some farms that suit your needs. Click here for the online version of The Local Beet’s 2015 CSA Guide.

Join The Band (Below is the text of an invitation that went out recently to recruit farms to join the new Chicagoland CSA Coalition).

Dear Fellow CSA Farmer,

The Band of Farmers is here! We hope you’ll join us as we pool our efforts to educate consumers in the greater Chicago area about the benefits of eating locally and, in particular, using the CSA model for getting access to good food. Is there a need for this effort? Check out these statistics:

  • The Madison (WI) metropolitan area has a population of approximately 600,000 and CSA farmers there serve 9,500 households (FairShare CSA Coalition 2013 Annual Report)
  • The Chicago metropolitan area has a population of approximately 9,000,000 and serves roughly the same number of households (based on an average of 100 households multiplied by 80-90 CSA farms serving Chicagoland)

With all that growth potential–and plenty of untapped customers to go around–a collaborative education and marketing plan simply makes sense.

Primary membership in Band of Farmers is open to all farms that serve the greater Chicagoland area with a CSA and grow or produce the majority of their CSA offerings. Some specifics about Band of Farmers are below, and attached (and linked here) are instructions for completing the online application for membership.
About Band of Farmers

Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition is a farmer-led coalition working in collaboration with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. On our website is a list of steering committee members who have worked throughout the past year to bring the Coalition to fruition. We have received a grant from the USDA, and we’ve hired a project coordinator, scheduled events and are now ready to open our doors for membership.

Benefits of Membership

In addition to collaborating with your fellow CSA farmers, you’ll receive these direct benefits from being a member of Band of Farmers:

  • A listing on the Coalition’s website with your logo, and a link to your farm’s detailed profile
  • Opportunities for no-cost or low-cost promotional activities, including participation in the CSA Pavilion at the Good Food Festival in March
  • Tabling on members’ behalf at indoor farmers’ markets and green fairs all over Chicagoland throughout the winter and spring to augment your marketing efforts
  • An interactive map on the website marking your pickup sites
  • Facilitating new pickup sites in unserved areas
  • Highlighted listing in future Chicagoland CSA Guides to be linked on FamilyFarmed.org’s website and printed for broad distribution at the Good Food Festival and beyond
  • Emails to targeted distribution lists to drive traffic to the Coalition website–and your farm’s profile

Please review the attached/linked Instructions for completing the Application. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Project Coordinator, Robin Schirmer, at info@bandoffarmers.org or 708-370-8017.

We look forward to growing together!
Jody Osmund, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farms                        Tom Rosenfeld, Earth First Farms
Co-Chair                                                                                                           Co-Chair

Additional Resources for Finding Local Foods

localharvest.org

organicconsumers.org

chicagoveganmania.com

farmmatch.com

pickyourown.org

foodmarketmaker.com

eatwild.com

eatwellguide.org

ilfarmersmarkets.org

kyfchicago.org

westonaprice.org

chicagoveg.org

usdalocalfooddirectories.com

chifoodcoops.org